For parties and get-togethers, these duck rolls not only make great canapés but are also an easy starter if you want to do something a little different for your next dinner party.
Makes 12 Pancakes
You will need
1 Silverhill, honey roast half duck
12 Chinese pancakes
6 spring onions, finely sliced
Handful of mint, leaves picked
Handful of coriander, leaves picked
½ red chilli, finely sliced for garnish
Zest of 1 orange, for garnish
For the dressing:
Juice of ½ orange
½ red chilli, finely sliced
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp rice wine
1 tbsp sunflower oil
Cook the duck in an oven at 200˚C until crisp and cooked. Mix the orange juice, chilli, honey, dark soy sauce, rice wine and sunflower oil and set aside. When the duck has cooked and rested for a bit, shred it into small pieces and mix it with the dressing.
Warm the pancakes wrapped in tinfoil on a pan over a low heat. Assemble the pancakes by putting a little bit of duck, spring onion, mint, coriander, chilli and orange zest on each pancake, roll up and enjoy!
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Leftover Pudding Bombs
Take 250g of leftover Christmas pud, crumble it and sprinkle with 3 tbsp of brown sugar. Place on a lined baking tray under a hot grill until the sugar has caramelised. Remove and allow to cool. Mix with 1 litre of softened vanilla ice-cream and a jar of salted caramel or dulche de leche. Spoon into cling-lined pudding moulds or small cups and pop in the freezer until firm. Remove from moulds and serve with a generous drizzle of caramel.
Indian Spiced Nut Mix
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Food & Drink
I'm a bit of a lightweight when it comes to booze, as my friends like to remind me on a constant basis. Rather than down a shot of tequila, I'd sooner use it in cooking, as in this recipe, where the tequila lends a peppery sharpness to the lime - and also to the mint-infused chicken marinade, which will give you extra tender meat. Paired with a sweet and savoury mango quinoa salad, it may almost make you forget your late-night misadventures… well, almost.
I've been making variations of these pancakes for years and the basic batter can be adapted with addition of all sorts of ingredients such as nuts, seeds, chocolate and berries. Store-bought oat flour can be used here, but I normally blitz up oats in a food processor until they are fine consistency.